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Holiday E-Gaming Tournament

SFX joins several other schools from Council II-3A to kick off an e-gaming tournament later this month. Students in grades 5-8 are invited to register and play to represent St. Francis Xavier School. Learn more and find a link to register here, and note that the deadline to sign up is quickly approaching on Tuesday, November 17th. We are grateful to our AD Rob Wennington for his efforts to secure a range of innovativ
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MS Zoom Links

Dear Middle School Parents and Students, Middle school students in quarantine due to possible exposure to Covid-19 are invited and encouraged to attend and participate in their classes via Zoom. Links to these 5th-8th grade classes are posted at sfx-school.org/sfxzooms. If you have forgotten the password to this protected page of the school website please contact office@sfx-school.org. Please note that zoom links are
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Battle of the Books!

SFX students in grades 4-6 will have an opportunity to participate in Battle of the Books, a literary trivia game. Again this school year, we will play an interscholastic game with two other area schools, Roycemore and Chiaravalle. When we return from winter break, more information will be made available to students regarding how teams will be formed and how to earn a slot on the team. Until that time, this is the li
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Bluestem Challenge Reminder

The Bluestem Award is an Illinois Readers Choice award for students in grades 3-5. The nominee list is created by librarians and educators from across the state and I have been fortunate to serve on this committee for the last three years. Any SFX 3rd-5th grade student who reads all of the 20 Bluestem nominees by May 1st and turns in this Bluestem Reading Challenge form to me on or before May 1st will get to attend a
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Bluestem Challenge

The last two weeks I have been speaking with all 3rd-5th grade students  encouraging them to take the Bluestem Challenge. The Bluestem Award is an Illinois Readers Choice award for students in grades 3-5. The nominee list is created by librarians and educators from across the state and I have been fortunate to serve on this committee for the last three years. Any SFX 3rd-5th grade student who reads all of the 20 Blue
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Request for Headphones

Dear Middle School Parents, Thank you so much for all your support as we continue to adapt to our new normal. Our students have risen to the occasion these last few weeks as we traverse new routines and procedures. One of these new routines are electronic devices for the students. The devices will serve as a wonderful way to enhance lessons and allow students to delve deeper into their learning.  In order to pro
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Middle School Library Collection & Fifth Grade Check Out

Dear 5th Grade Parents, A few years ago when the middle school library collection was created, it was curated with 6th-8th grade students foremost in mind. Since that time, 5th grade has officially become part of our middle school family. With this in mind, we ask that 5th grade students interested in checking out from the Middle School Collection please have parent permission to do so. Parents of 5th graders who wou
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Welcome to 2020-2021 SFX Blogs

You have been subscribed to receive classroom news through our SFX blog system. Please note what this looks like, by grade, below: 1 – Kindergarten will use See Saw to share classroom news and updates this year across both the SJ and SFX campuses. Watch for an update here soon! 2 – Grades 1-4 will continue to share weekly updates and overviews through the SFX blog system. You are automatically subscribed
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A Note from Coach Newman

Greetings, SFX Middle School families! Coach Newman wishes to remind his 5th-8th grade students that daily Physical Education assignments are provided as part of our e-learning curriculum through Google Classroom. Assignments include suggested fitness exercises and activities, and include the opportunity for written reflections. Families are encouraged to incorporate these activities into student e-learning routines
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Spring Athletics

Middle School and 4th grade families with students participating in spring track or boys volleyball are reminded to review yesterday’s email from Athletic Director Rob Wennington with details regarding upcoming spring meeting and practice dates. Questions may be directed to robwennington@sfx-school.org.
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Revised Battle of the Books Update

It came to light on Tuesday that there was some confusion about February 5th being an early dismissal day. I have discovered that it is not. We will still have our qualifying competition on Feb. 5th at 2:00 p.m. but it will take place during the school day. Any students who register to participate in the qualifying competition will be excused from their regular classes so that they can attend the competition. Please
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Battle of the Books Update

The day of our big Battle of the Books competition is rapidly approaching. SFX students in grades 4-6 have an opportunity to participate in Battle of the Books, a literary trivia game. We wanted to update parents on the process for selecting the 12 students who will represent SFX in our interscholastic competition against teams from Roycemore and Chiravalle. Per the competition rules, each school can bring a maximum
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Sign Up for Concession Stand

SFX Athletics is excited to offer concessions during home Basketball games this Thursday, December 12th and next Thursday, December 19th. We are in particular need of parent chaperones to help oversee our Middle School student volunteers. Please consider donating an hour of your time on one of these two dates here. Questions may be directed to tvallace@gmail.com. Go Crusaders!
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Fun Run is Today

Thank you to the many Middle School families who have taken the time to set up student accounts at funrun.com in anticipation of today’s Glow Run. Our event happens today, November 14th! If you have not already done so, please be sure to open an account at funrun.com this morning and make a pledge in support of your student. Your donations support the HSO’s efforts to provide enriching services, build com
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WC Banquet Forms Due Today!

SFX Athletics looks forward to celebrating our football players and cheerleaders during our upcoming Wilmette Catholic Football Banquet on November 4th. Registration for the banquet closes end of day today, October 31st. With this in mind, we remind parents to please send completed forms for both football players and 8th grade cheerleaders to the attention of Dawn Zigmond, Assistant Athletic Director, to the SFX Scho
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Lend a Hand at the MS Halloween Party

Calling all Middle School parents… your SCARY help is needed! Can you serve pizza in a mask? Would you take pleasure in scaring a Middle Schooler?! Is ‘Fog Master’ your dream job?? If you answered “yes,” please help us make the Middle School Halloween Party a night they won’t soon forget and join us next Friday, October 25th in the St. Joe’s Gym. Sign up to volunteer at our and 5th and 6th Grade Par
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Halloween Party Details

Do you have your costume ready for the Middle School Halloween Party on Friday, October 25th? Join us in the St. Joe’s Gym… Prizes will be awarded in each Grade for: * Funniest costume * Scariest costume * Most creative costume * Best homemade costume Come dressed to impress! Students should watch for a Permission Slip soon from Mrs. Elliott.
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Middle School Halloween Party

Save the date for the Middle School Halloween Party! We’ll enjoy a DJ, pizza, treats, a haunted house and prizes for best costume. Friday, October 25th 5th & 6th Grade join us from 6pm – 7:30pm 7th & 8th Grade join us from 8pm – 9:30pm St Joseph’s School Gym Cost is $15 per person (to be paid in advance) An invitation, permission slip, and a Sign Up Genius seeking Volunteers is coming soon!
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New York Times Bestselling Author Field Trip

Through our partnership with The Book Stall in Winnetka, our 5th-8th grade students have been granted a unique opportunity to attend a field trip to Regina Dominican High School in Wilmette on October 17th. Those who join us will hear a presentation by Alan Gratz, New York Times bestselling author of Refugee and numerous other historical fiction novels for Middle School students. Allies is Mr. Gratz’s newest no
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5th Grade and the Middle School Library Collection

It was wonderful to see so many of you last week at Back to School Night last week. I wanted to share digitally the form that would allow 5th grade students to checkout from the middle school library collection. For those who couldn’t make it last week, during the evening I spoke to the 5th grade parents about how we have a Middle School Collection geared towards and limited to our 6th-8th graders. A few years
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Girls Volleyball Reminder

Parents of 5th-8th grade students participating in Girls Volleyball this season are asked to review yesterday’s letter from Mr. Wennington providing scheduling updates for this week’s practices and games. Questions may be directed to robwennington@sfx-school.org.
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Please Join us for Tomorrow’s Middle School Forum

Dear Middle School Parents, SFX faculty and I look forward to welcoming you to the Middle School Forum tomorrow, September 19th at 7pm. You will experience a small sample of a “day in the life” of your middle school students as you attend each of your students’ core classes. During each session, faculty members will provide you with insights into the objectives and expectations of each course. It wi
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